Rhode Island

Rhode Island sues to get Russian sub removed from scrapyard

In this Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, photo, rusting remnants of an old Russian submarine that once was used as a floating museum until it sank in 2007, remains in the Providence river in Providence, R.I. The state wants it gone.

In this Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, photo, rusting remnants of an old Russian submarine that once was used as a floating museum until it sank in 2007, remains in the Providence river in Providence, R.I. The state wants it gone.  (AP Photo/Jennifer McDermott)

Rhode Island environmental officials are suing to get the hollowed-out hull of a Russian submarine removed from the site of a Providence scrapyard.

Remnants of the submarine rest mere feet from shore in Rhode Island. But the submarine isn't a museum. It's not a draw for divers, either. No one has touched its remains in about two years.

Its fate will likely be decided by a court.

After the Cold War, the sub in Rhode Island was sold and used as a restaurant and vodka bar and as a movie set before being turned into a floating museum.

It sank during a nor'easter in 2007 and was sold for scrap.

The scrapyard and the property owner are among those named in the lawsuit by the state Department of Environmental Management.